you know that April 24, 2019 was the
17th anniversary of the founding of the Foundation Assisting Seniors (FAS) ???
That first year they made 360 assists. They now do between 20 and 30 durable medical equipment assists per day in addition to counseling, home maintenance, speaking engagements, and community
outreach. Currently they operate three vans delivering durable medical equipment and provide home
This is in addition to the private cars preferred by
some of their giving volunteers.
FAS will provide over 20,000 assists this year and have done more than
220,000 assists since our formation. Their "How RU" program has saved 7
Do you know what the "How RU Program" is and how it operates? Click in this link, become a member, and consider volunteering for this program so few are aware of that serve our community !
Yes indeed, FAS has come a long way in those 17years !
others, their durable medical equipment is cleaned, sanitized, and
disinfected after each use. A little over a year ago, The Foundation learned that
alcohol wipes and/or Clorox wipes were ineffective against mrsa and
staph. Now, each piece of FAS equipment is specially treated with a
product that helps prevent the spread of mrsa and staph infections. All of their vans, their offices, and office equipment have been treated with
the same product. All oxygen equipment is professionally cleaned,
checked, and certified after each use.
FAS telephones are manned by people from 9:00am to 3:00pm Monday through
Friday, but usually somebody is in the office from 8:00am until 4:00pm.
...of their current board members are Sun City Anthem residents.
always, services are available to anyone over 50 and/or a
veteran. While a large portion of their services are for SCA residents,
more and more requests have been received over the entire Las Vegas valley. We learned that approximately25% of Henderson residents and 20% of all
Clark County residentsare seniors which accounts for the increase in
the number of assists provided.
Foundation has been recognized in numerous publications in Las
Vegas, as well as by the US House of Representatives, the US Senate, the
Governor, Channel 3, 5, 8, and 13. ....and... ...have received awards from Ch 5 and Ch 8, the Red Cross, the City of Henderson, and others. ...and... ...have
been recognized in the Congressional Record and a local medical
publication. One of their Board members was the 2015 Nevada Senior
Citizen of the Year.
spite of, or perhaps because of, those who have tried unsuccessfully
to demean the Foundation and/or even try to put us out of business, the Foundation is thriving. Over
the years several writers to blogs and others have challenged why the
Foundation was building a reserve. By now that should be clear. When
the Foundation was arbitrarily kicked out of Sun City Anthem, it was forced to
find other offices and storage facilities. This not only took time
but when the appropriate space was found the resettlement costs were
not in the budget. With the reserve account the Foundation was able
to continue to serve the community with only 1 day lost. Five
foundations that we know of went out of business this past year
because they were spending more than they were bringing in and had no
reserves to breach the gap.
Perhaps they are doing something right.. ...and... Anthem Opinions proudly salutes The Foundation Assisting Seniors and its many volunteers for making our community a better place ! And for those who believe this organization is in some form of competition with other Sun City Anthem Community Service Groups, January, 2010 will also mark the 17th anniversary of the Community Service Club/Group, founded by...
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the SCA Board of Directors election approaching count down time, as
votes are due by April 30 @4.00 PM, it seems appropriate to remind
home owners in our development who have not yet cast their ballots,
to take them off the stack of papers on their desk, fill them out, and
get them to Anthem Center before then. Although
it is said that many ballots have already been received, every
homeowner should have enough pride in our community to make an effort on a situation so important as to who controls where our dues go, and what we receive in return, to put the most qualified and devoted
people on the Board by making sound decisions. When
SCA decided a few years back to remove the management company, it seemed
like a good idea to eliminate the middle man to save the cost of
their services. I would venture to wager that far too many property
owners seem complacent about all that is going on, and ignore the facts of the direction our community is going. Having spoken to many residents, many have heard of an election, but
are unaware of its possible consequences and behind the door decisions. The
current board, with it’s composition and lack of transparency, seem
to lack the ability and/or experience to make it a place we could all
take pride in calling it "home", and this is our chance to replace some on
them with better choices. During
the past few years current and many former Board members displayed behavior on numerous occasions that were far from our best
interests. As an
example, a current member, currently up for reelection, was
instrumental in granting a deadbeat tenant $40,000 in loans of OUR
money which eventually defaulted. Five of the seven current
members voted to approve a no-rent lease with free resident paid utilities, no
security deposit, free resident paid large screen TVs with commercial DirecTV service, exclusive catering rights, and
numerous other perks, to a company, G2G ( a large Denny's franchisee), without checking their credit rating . (Luckily it was never
signed as they proved far from creditworthy). The lease was for the
area of Anthem Center where five restaurants had failed, but the Board insisted the people wanted a version of a "hash house" there. Are these examples of mishandling funds? They
even sent out an “opinion poll” to residents and included renters with no vested monetary interest, asking if they would like a restaurant offering a $250,000 annual resident paid subsidy, or a $750,000 one time cost, a hypothetical figure without any evidence to back up that figure, leaving the space vacant with no
other options. Naturally the people voted for the cheaper "no-brainer" option, which was not a fair comparison if they wanted "in-house
the biggest bonehead measure was hiring a General Manager at a
tremendously bloated salary & benefits package. With s huge
outcry from the homeowners, at about twice the going rate for
the job, they simply changed the job title to "Chief Operating
Officer" in order that the salary could be justified and compared it to a C.O.O.'s job search of websites of various “headhunter” companies. I am not implying the lady in question is not a hard worker, but there was
no thought given to someone with lesser salary demands with more reasonable incentives. The rest of the management staff seems
equally overly compensated. These
are a few examples that our community can surely do a better governing job since the ballot includes a
New Tradition Team with five individuals having extensive
backgrounds in various fields which could put new life in our
stagnant leadership with experience in finance, real estatemanagement,food serviceand other skills which could benefit our
community. Voting for competent change is voting for
#1 (Rana Goodman)
#3 (Karen Hadrick)
#8 (Barry Goldstein)
#9 (Larry Mayer)
#10 (Bill Odelson)
Note: I have no personal interest in any of these candidates, but after
hearing many of then speak and respecting their work history, I feel
it’s time we turn the job over to those who have done well for
themselves and are most likely able to do the same with our association's finances.